Go out and have fun -- tonight or tomorrow!
"There Will Be Words": New Play Workshop
at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St, Boston (Back Bay)
How often do you get to give feedback to the playwright after seeing the work performed? I might recognize David Mamet if I saw him, but I wouldn't want to receive a disgusted glare.
After readings of "The Watchmaker" and "The Hollow Men", Greg Davis will be ready to talk about the plays and hear your thoughts, questions, etc.
The Vagabond Theatre Group is probably presenting this in the back of the room where they also serve tasty food and drink (including beer & wine). This could be a good, low-key evening of cultural entertainment.
Full Body Anchor (9:30pm), A Wish For Fire (10:30pm)
at Tommy Doyle's, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+
For some reason, this room doesn't host a lot of kick-ass shows even though it's the original House of Blues. (Was it cooler because Dan Ackroyd might show up?)
For a low cover, you get all-killer, no-filler from a couple bands who played on the same 1st-round night on this year's Rumble. Neither won the whole she-bang, but I lean towards Full Body Anchor taking tonight. The big gutars and textures maintain an accessibility without sacrificing the rawk. A Wish For Fire make a rather pleasing modern, proggy sound -- and they will cover "Nights in White Satin" tonight. Hmm!
Kristen Ford Band, Abbie Barrett & the Last Date, Coyote Kolb
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$10 / 21+
Bot Kristen Ford and Abbie Barrett have new CD's to celebrate tonight, and Kristen is back from a 2-month solo(ish) tour.. It's one of those shows I like to hear in the warm, intimate basement with a lot folky-poppy singer-songwriters. Coyote Kolb who usually do a loud, bluesy thang are doing an acoustic set.
Pretty & Nice, Miniboone, earthquake party!, The Clippers
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 21+
When people ask me what local bands I like, I usually go blank. Then Pretty & Nice is one of the first bands that come to mind. I love the juiced-up, punky powerpop of their "Get Young" album, and their still whip up a fantastic racket based on this new track.
Three like-minded bands who each do their own things are joining the party. earthquake party! has made 100 cassettes of their most recent 3-track release, and I think it would have been a favorite when I was driving around in my high-school-era Subaru.
Quilt, Girlfriends, Creaturos
at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
Another of the bands on the shortlist of faves is Girlfriends. Perhaps I should try to analyze the special elements, because there are a bunch of bands in the world that play fuzzy, lo-fi garage pop. These folks simply put it together in a way that resonates with my ears.
There was a good article on Quilt a couple weeks ago, and you get that there is a sincere belief in the folky psych rock.
Kudos to Creaturos who include members of Doomstar! & Ketman (and maybe Quilt?); they're playing consecutive nights in Boston, and I think they had another gig last week. If you have 14 minutes to spare, you should listen to the single Bandcamp track. It would be about 5 songs, but the transitions blend together into a crazy sound journey.